We offer free evening and weekend workshops designed to foster creativity, strengthen writing skills, and provide students with a forum for executing projects they might not otherwise have the support to undertake. Workshops range from the playful to the practical, and all are taught by volunteer writers, artists, educators, and publishing professionals.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to increased demand, enrollment for workshops are now determined by lottery. Once you have signed up for a workshop, please look for an email from email@example.com, verifying that we have received your request. If you have not heard from us after 48 hours, feel free to call.
Our workshops are limited enrollment and often generate wait lists. With this in mind, please only sign up if you can make every session of a workshop. Thank you!
Icky, Gooey Madness!
1 Sunday session: December 3 (2006)
Taught by Bryce R. Covert
For ages 6-8
What happens when a mad scientist forgets what he's put in his vials and beakers? A huge mess, that's what! Come help our scientist figure out what each of the sticky, icky, mushy, gooey substances are that he's left in his containers and remember what they do, before he turns himself into a toad. We'll bravely dive right into the mess and use our imagination to put back together a kitchen full of ingredients.
Bring only your curiosity and bravery to this exciting workshop!
The Meaning of Life
1 Monday session: November 27
Taught by Allegra Frazier
For ages 11-14
When it comes to the big stuff - love, life, fusion cuisine - everyone has their own ideas of just what is going on. But only a writer can explain that idea in three minutes or less. This workshop is an opportunity to focus on the lesser-known but equally glamorous area of the writing world: the reading. Join us as we battle the big questions, write some answers, and fit our entire range of knowledge and experience into a bite-sized-but-satisfying chunk.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Read-Aloud
Sunday, November 19 (2006)
For all ages
In celebration of Children's Book Week (November 13-19), 826 volunteers will be reading Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and writing chocolate-themed stories. This event is free. Please RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Paste-up Poems - FULL!
1 Saturday session: November 18 (2006)
Taught by Jessica Fjeld
For ages 6-9
If you write a poem about a comet, should it have a tail of fire? Should a poem about a cow be black and white? In this one-session workshop, we'll explore how verse gets visual by using word cut-outs (along with markers, pencils, and paints) to make our very own collage poems. We'll use our creativity to choose words, shapes, and colors that all stick together. At the end of the workshop, students will take home an artwork that works two ways: an awesome poem that hangs on the wall as a super-cool collage.
Roll for Initiative: Role-Playing Games
4 Tuesday sessions, November 7, 14, 21, 28 (2006)
For ages 10-14
Help Wanted: Intrepid adventurers needed for quest through mysterious tower. Applicants must be motivated self-starters with some skill in magic, sword-fighting, or thieving arts (or some combination of the above). Although the salary is less-than-desirable, you are allowed to take home any gold and/or magical artifacts you may find during your time here. Vivid imaginations a must. We are not responsible for any loss of life, limb, or sanity. Non-humans are welcome to apply, though shiftless gnomes will be considered on a case by case basis.
The rest of the story is up to you.
Show Us How It's Done!
3 Thursday sessions: October 26, November 2, 9 (2006)
Limited to 826NYC's drop-in students
Have you been coming to drop-in for what seems like ages? Do you have a word or two of advice for our new tutors? Help us make a video! Explain how things work, show them the best way to teach fractions, and more.
Please note: This workshop is limited to drop-in students.